woman. She was born in
University was a bridge that Güler Sabancı had to cross in order to move onto her working life. At the age of twenty one, after having worked for six years following her graduation from university she came to a point where she had to make an important decision. She was interested in painting and she loved to paint. Her art teacher was saying that she was very talented. Güler thought about it seriously at that time. She was either going to go on with her working life or she was going to put everything aside and become a painter. Güler Sabancı, decided to pursue her carrier. However, she has never put painting completely aside. She has always imagined herself as a painter and winemaker woman whenever she thought of her retirement days.
Güler Sabancı started her professional management life at Sabancı Lassa Tire Factory in Kocaeli. Afterwards, she worked at Kord-Sa’s Cord Fabric Industrial General Directorate for fourteen years. In the same period she took charge in establishment and management of many industry companies with foreign partners within the country and abroad. Güler Sabancı, who was lastly the Committee President of Sabancı Holding Tire and Reinforced Materials Group and Sabancı Human Resources, was elected to the board of directors once more after a three-year-long break. After her uncle Sakıp Sabancı’s death in 2004, she was assigned to Sabancı Holding Board of Directors as a result of the decision of her uncles Şevket Sabancı and Erol Sabancı to hand over the holding to the third generation.
Taking an active role in business life, Güler Sabancı has been serving as a Board Member of Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD). Güler Sabancı, who places importance on education and training activities as well and who is active in the academic field, is also the Director of Board of Trustees of Sabancı University, for which she was responsible in terms of the foundation works. Other than these tasks and duties, Güler Sabancı also takes a keen interest in cultural and artistic works and studies and is a Board Member of Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts. She produces wine under her special brand “Gülor”.
Sabancı was shown as the eighth among the “Europe’s most powerful 30 women” by
the “Financial Times” in
Güler Sabancı draws attention with her success in human relations and with her authoritarian character. Güler Sabancı has also very positive international relations and has been very important in the establishment of a partnership between Sabancı Holding and the world giant Dupont. Güler Sabancı explained why she has not married yet in the book called “41 Kadın 41 Öykü İpek Dokulu Başarılar” (T.N. 41 Women 41 Stories Silk Woven Achievements), in which a big interview of her was published by saying “Freedom is very important for me. Furthermore I am the child of divorced parents.”
Güler Sabancı has the following business titles: Director of Board of Hacı Ömer Sabancı Holding, Committee President of Sabancı Holding Inc Human Resources, Director of Board of Kordsa Inc, Board Member of Brisa Inc, Vice President of Board of Beksa Inc, Director of Board of Enerjisa Inc, Board Member of Sakosa Inc, Vice President of Board of Nile Kordsa Inc, Director of Sabancı University Board of Trustees.
Güler Sabancı is a member of TÜSİAD Board of Directors, Young Businessmen’s Association, Association of Beyoğlu Beautification and Conservation, Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audio-visual Culture (TÜRSAK). Winery, grape growing, modern Turkish painting, playing tennis, dancing, charcoal drawing, gardening, flower growing are her areas of interest in particular.